Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
*** Changes to the Beneficiary Travel Reimbursement Program ***
Effective March 1, 2013
Beneficiary Travel has undergone improvements to ease the process for obtaining reimbursement of travel expenses. Beginning January 1, 2013, reimbursement will be primarily through direct deposit into Veterans’ bank accounts.
There are many details to this new process. Please be assured that the rules of eligibility and the rates paid have not changed. Letter describing this new process and forms are being mailed to all Veterans who utilize beneficiary travel.
Check out the Beneficiary Travel Direct Deposit Frequently Asked Questions for details or call (708) 243-2568.
- The reimbursement process will consist of eligible Veterans visiting the Beneficiary Travel office to submit a claim for travel reimbursement. Reimbursement will be made via electronic deposit into the Veteran’s bank account within seven business days.
- By March 1, if you do not have an account with a financial institution that accepts EFT’s, please contact our Beneficiary Travel Department so that we may assist you with establishing an account to receive your benefit payment.
- Veterans should plan accordingly and ensure adequate means are available for travel to and from the facility providing care.
Veterans may be eligible for payment or reimbursement for travel costs for scheduled medical appointments, or return mileage for patients without a scheduled medical appointment.
If you meet the criteria below, you may be eligible for mileage reimbursement or special mode transport in association with obtaining VA health care services.
You qualify if:
- you have a service-connected (SC) rating of 30 percent or more, or
- you are traveling for treatment of a SC condition, or
- you receive a VA pension, or
- your income does not exceed the maximum annual VA pension rate, or
- you are traveling for a scheduled compensation or pension examination
You qualify for Special Mode Transportation (Ambulance, Wheelchair van etc.) if:
- your medical condition requires an ambulance or a specially equipped van as determined by a VA clinician, and
- you meet one of the eligibility criteria listed above, and
- the travel is pre-authorized (authorization is not required for emergencies if a delay would be hazardous to life or health)
Scheduled appointments qualify for round-trip mileage. Unscheduled visits may be limited to return mileage only $0.415 (41.5 cents) per mile
Deductible requirement is subject to a monthly cap of $18.00. Upon reaching $18.00 in deductibles or 6 one-way (3 round) trips, whichever comes first, travel payments made for the balance of that particular month will be free of deductible charges. $3.00 one way ($6.00 round trip)
Waiver of Deductible
A waiver of the deductible will be provided if you are eligible for travel and you:
- are in receipt of a VA pension or;
- are a NSC veteran and your previous year’s income does not exceed, or your projected current calendar year’s income, in the year of application will not exceed the applicable VA pension rate, or
- are a SC veteran and your previous year’s income does not exceed, or your projected current calendar year’s income, in the year of application will not exceed the applicable national means test income threshold or,
- are traveling for a scheduled compensation or pension examination
For detailed information, visit the following links for: